After playing a subpar game in net on Thursday, I came out and played solid on Monday. It helps when your team gives you a 5 goal advantage after the first period and we cruised the rest of the way. Hailstorm now sits 2-2 on the season with the rest of our games in the season being very winnable. The overall problem with the team still remains. The two top teams in the division we have never beaten because they pass so well and play positionally a lot better than we do. Beating them come playoff time will be a challenge, but it is doable. We need to make a couple small changes to the way we play and remain patient. In time, either a team gets how to beat teams like this or they don’t. I have played for many teams that just lacked the drive or the resolve to change their play style and found themselves on the outside looking in season after season.
I believe Albert Einstein said it best. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Its my hope that Hailstorm will learn these lessons.
Over the weekend I refereed a couple youth hockey games and really just rested. The youth hockey season is all but over, but lacrosse will be starting up in less than a month.
After getting the crap slashed out of my hand on Thursday night, I needed the rest. Today, its still a little sore but not like it was. I really didn’t need to have my wrist or hand broken in a rec league hockey game. Glad I avoided that pitfall.